Community partnership will serve free meals to keiki during school closure

A partnership of non-profit and governmental organizations is expanding a program that is serving free healthy meals, prepared according to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) standards, to eleven Oʻahu sites reaching about 1,700 children and youth per day.

Since Hawaiʻi public schools were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this partnership has been increasing its capacity to provide free meals to keiki, as a complement the meal distribution sites that the Department of Education (DOE) is operating at about 70 public schools, out of 256 across the state.

The newest sites serving lunch are at Kuhio Elementary School in Honolulu and Puʻuwai Momi in ʻAiea. Palama Settlement in Kalihi will continue to be the only site serving suppers.

On a typical school day, nearly 65,000 economically disadvantaged Hawaiʻi students benefit from free or reduced-price school breakfast and lunch. For many, these are the only nutritious meals that they eat regularly. For their families, these meals help relieve financial stress by reducing their food budgets.

During the summer, when students are not able to eat free or reduced-price meals at school, community partners work together to provide food to children and youth in low-income areas via the federal Summer Food Service Program (SFSP).

Four SFSP sponsors—YMCA of Honolulu, Parents And Children Together, Palama Settlement, and Windward Nazarene Academy—have stepped up to provide free meals for keiki in low-income areas on Oʻahu during these unplanned school closures.

The sponsors are partnering with Aloha Harvest, Kapiʻolani Community College, Lanakila Pacific, Hawaiʻi Appleseed, and Hawaii Child Nutrition Programs to get the meals prepared and delivered.

The following eleven sites provide free healthy grab-and-go meals, Monday through Friday, to keiki up to age 18:

View a map of the below sites here.

Through June 30, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Halawa View Apartments 99-009 Kalaloa Street ʻAiea, Hawaiʻi 96701

INSPIRE Church – Mililani 95-061 Waimakua Drive  Mililani, HI 96789

Kalihi Valley Instructional Bike Exchange 1638 Kamehameha IV Road Honolulu, HI 96819

Kuhio Elementary School 2759 South King Street Honolulu, HI 96826

Melemanu Recreation Center 98-2031 Waikalani Place Mililani, HI 96789

Nuʻuanu YMCA 1441 Pali Highway Honolulu, HI 96813

Puohala Elementary School 45-233 Kulauli Street Kaneʻohe, HI 96744

Puʻuwai Momi 99-132 Kohomua Street ʻAiea, HI 96701

Through May 31, 3:30 to 4:30 PM

Palama Settlement 810 North Vineyard Blvd. Honolulu, HI 96817

Through May 31, Noon to 12:30 PM

Parents And Children Together Kuhio Park Terrace Resource Center 1485 Linapuni Street Honolulu, HI 96819

Through the end of Summer, 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Windward Nazarene Academy 45-232 Puaae Road Kaneʻohe, HI 96744


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